The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile by Jane D. GriffinThe Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile by Jane D. Griffin

The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile

byJane D. Griffin

Hardcover | August 26, 2016

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By producing literature in nontraditional forms - books made of cardboard trash, posters in subway stations, miniature shopping bags, digital publications, and even children's toys - Chileans have made and circulated literary objects in defiance of state censorship and independent of capitalist definitions of value. In The Labor of Literature Jane D. Griffin studies amateur and noncommercial forms of literary production in Chile that originated in response to authoritarian state politics and have gained momentum throughout the postdictatorship period. She argues that such forms advance a model of cultural democracy that differs from and sometimes contradicts the model endorsed by the state and the market.

By examining alternative literary publications, Griffin recasts the seventeen-year Pinochet dictatorship as a time of editorial experimentation despite widespread cultural oppression and shows how grassroots cultural activism has challenged government-approved corporate publishing models throughout the postdictatorship period. Griffin's work also points to the growing importance of autogestion, or do-it-yourself cultural production, where individuals combine artisanal forms with new technologies to make and share creative work on a global scale.
Jane D. Griffin is associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Bentley University.
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Title:The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern ChileFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:August 26, 2016Publisher:University of Massachusetts PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162534208X

ISBN - 13:9781625342089

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"A smart, engaging analysis of emergent forms of literary production and distribution in the context of Chile's violent dictatorship, radical neoliberal restructuring of the economy, and eventual transition to democracy, this book is thoughtful and well written, breaking vital new ground in Latin American cultural studies." - Alice Nelson, author of Political Bodies: Gender, History, and the Struggle for Narrative Power in Recent Chilean Literature